Press Release

May 6, 2021

ABC Announces the Cast of ‘The Ultimate Surfer’ and Debuts Key Art

May 6, 2021

 

SURF’S UP!

 

ABC ANNOUNCES THE CAST OF ‘THE ULTIMATE SURFER’ AND DEBUTS KEY ART

 

JESSE PALMER TO HOST SURF COMPETITION SERIES

ALONGSIDE COMMENTATORS ERIN COSCARELLI  AND JOE TURPEL

 

‘THE ULTIMATE SURFER’ TWO-NIGHT PREMIERE PADDLES OUT ON

AUG. 23 AND AUG. 24 ON ABC

THE ULTIMATE SURFER

ABC*

Get stoked for the two-night premiere of ABC’s new summer series “The Ultimate Surfer” airing Monday, Aug. 23, and Tuesday, Aug. 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), following all-new episodes of “Bachelor in Paradise.” Former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer is set to host the surf competition series with sports anchor Erin Coscarelli and the iconic voice of professional surfing Joe Turpel to serve as commentators. Eleven-time surfing world champion Kelly Slater is the lead consultant and also serves as a special correspondent.

 

The surfers competing for the title of The Ultimate Surfer this season include the following:

 

Anastasia Ashley – 33, Miami Beach, Fla.

Kai Barger – 30, Haiku, Hawaii

Mason Barnes – 26, Venice, Calif.

Tia Blanco – 23, Oceanside, Calif.

Austin Clouse – 26, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Brianna Cope – 25, Koloa, Hawaii

Luke Davis – 27, Los Angeles, Calif.

Kayla Durden – 27, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Juli Hernandez – 22, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Zeke Lau – 26, Honolulu, Hawaii

Alejandro Moreda – 34, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Koa Smith – 25, Sunset Beach, Hawaii

Malia Ward – 22, San Clemente, Calif.

Bruna Zaun – 30, Redondo Beach, Calif.

 

“The Ultimate Surfer” will gather some of the world’s greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League’s (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater’s human-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world’s fastest-growing sport.

 

Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in “The Ultimate Surfer” as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the The Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the elite WSL Championship Tour, the pinnacle of professional surfing. Slater’s remarkable, one-of-a-kind, human-made wave—the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery—is at the heart of the series.

 

“The Ultimate Surfer” is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios. President of Lionsgate Nonfiction Television and Pilgrim CEO and Chair Craig Piligian, WSL CEO Erik Logan, UFC President Dana White and Faye Stapleton serve as executive producers.

 

*COPYRIGHT ©2021 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All photography is copyrighted material and is for editorial use only. Images are not to be archived, altered, duplicated, resold, retransmitted or used for any other purposes without written permission of ABC. Images are distributed to the press in order to publicize current programming. Any other usage must be licensed. Photos posted for Web use must be at the low resolution of 72dpi, no larger than 2×3 in size.

 

ABC Media Relations

Cheryl Pratesa

(310) 259-3340

cheryl.pratesa@abc.com

 

Lionsgate (On Behalf of Pilgrim)

Cristina Castañeda

(310) 255-5114

CCastaneda@lionsgate.com

 

World Surf League

Amy Denman

(310) 570-8821

adenman@worldsurfleague.com       

 

Photography and video are available at www.dgepress.com.

 

Follow “The Ultimate Surfer” (#TheUltimateSurfer) on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

— ABC —

Media Relations

Cheryl Pratesa

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